Insomnia is defined very generally as restlessness and difficulty sleeping. This is a very common condition for adults. The severity of the Insomnia varies from patient to patient depending an individual patient’s need for sleep versus the amount of quality sleep received and the frequency of that quality sleep.
Most adults report incidents of insomnia during understandably stressful periods of time in their life. Insomnia can be suffered from overwhelming feelings of excitement about an upcoming event. These adults do not experience Insomnia outside of the specific event that caused the short-term upset, whether good or bad, and continue on to have a healthy sleeping pattern after the disturbance.
There are occurrences of Insomnia in adults that can last for days and become a constant in a patient’s life. Sleep may come sporadically throughout the night or day and the patient may be unmanageably awake during the times normally reserved for sleep. Insomniacs will use the terms “third wind” and “fourth wind”, building on the concept of a “second wind” that people receive when regaining energy after feeling tired for a short period of time, revealing that they go through several cycles of exhaustion and energy throughout the day.
Insomnia leaves a patient feeling more than tired. Stress can manifest over the lack of sleep and fatigue, amplifying the impact of the sleeplessness. Depression, anxiety and even digestion problems can develop. Patients may even feel unrest and fatigue after receiving a full night of sleep.
Women, travelers, elderly and the overworked and overstressed are the most vulnerable to experiencing Insomnia.
There are sleep assistance medications available over-the-counter, as well as by prescription, that can help an insomniac get to sleep. It is strongly advised to speak with your physician before taking any medication, even OTC, for sleeping difficulties to identify the cause of the insomnia and whether or not a sleep aid is even necessary. If taking a sleep aid, it is crucial to follow the dosing directions and heed the warnings.